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The Fitness Benefits of Fishing

Gone fishing! Fishing is a big part of our culture, and it has been important to mankind’s survival for centuries. There is a lot more to fishing than merely catching a good supper!
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There are many benefits to fishing, mentally, physically and socially.

Fishing is Good for the Body

Yes, fishing really is a workout. It builds strength in the core, the back, the shoulders and the arms and legs. Casting the line, reeling in the fish, wading through streams, standing in the water and walking to the next spot are all great exercises. Fishing really gets you moving, and because it does that, it also improves balance (that is so important the older we get). It works all those muscles while burning a few extra calories in the process. Fishing is great low impact exercise for everyone at any age.

Fishing is Good for Mental Health

Spending time outdoors helps lower stress levels, reduces anxiety and helps to fights depression. This means that fishing is a very relaxing activity. Get outside, take in fresh air and get some vitamin D – this helps lowers cortisol levels to fight trauma, stress and PTSD. Getting outdoors not only improves mood and helps to reduce blood pressure, it also improves sleep, which improves everything in the human body! Fishing is also meditative, and so it improves focus and awareness.

Fishing is a Great Social Activity

Fishing is a way of spending time with the family. There are things to learn and skills to pass down to the younger generation. When you fish with younger members of the family, there is an opportunity to pass on the things you have learned from others, like great locations to catch the best fish (Alberta has some excellent fishing spots), how to bait the hook, cast the line and clean the fish. At the end of the day, enjoy a healthy meal together using old family recipes for fresh fish.

Fishing Exercises the Brain

Those skills that need to be passed on are not an exact science. Fishing never works exactly the same way each time. You may need a different bait or need to try a new location or different type of fishing rod. You may have to troubleshoot or make decisions on the fly.

This is why fishing helps maintain cognitive function and creative thinking, and why it is great for analytical skills. There is a lot to know and remember when you fish. Rules and regulations, licensing requirements, what to catch, when to go, and how to manage and handle everything – these attributes of fishing help keep your mind and body active.

Fishing has so many benefits, and at the same time gives self-reliance, and patience too. There are so many reasons to hang out with friends and family out on the lake or river this summer, so plan a fishing trip today.

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